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Top states for drunken driving arrests

"Officer, I passed out from Christmas shopping." -- An intoxicated West Virginian driver to police last year.

"It's New Year's Eve, everyone drives drunk." -- A New Jersey driver to police in the waning minutes of 2014.

Both men were booked.

Nationally, arrests for drunken driving spike during the holidays and peak on New Year's Eve, when revelers and police both hit the streets in force.Drunk driving

CarInsurance.com crunched the latest FBI data to find out which states are making the most arrests for driving under the influence.

Experts caution against comparing crime rates across regions because many factors come into play, including alcoholism rates, miles driven by motorists, fewer public transit options and drunken driving enforcement and prevention programs.

We'd be remiss if we didn't point out the obvious: please don't drive after imbibing, ever. If the prospect of hurting someone doesn't deter you, perhaps the $10,000 price tag will, due largely to years of increased DUI insurance rates.


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